Why do we humans want to make things? What is it that drives us to create? Why do we build or paint or design something that is either beautiful or something that will make our lives better- or both? What do “Makers” know and do that could benefit us all? In this season of gift seeking and giving, I’d like to encourage you to join the Maker Movement.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
In honor of National Computer Science Education Week we’d like to tell you about Charlottesville Business Innovation Council’s (CBIC) Tech Tour. This annual event takes place in October and engages middle and high school students in exploring technology companies in the area and encourages them to think about future careers.
Join the largest learning event in history during the week of December 8-14th. Next week is National Computer Science Education week and is a special time for an Hour of Code, a global movement aspiring to expose 100 million students to computer science and coding.
We’ve been seeing reports on climate change and the impact it’ll have on our world’s cities, oceans, and weather patterns. But will these changes ever impact us and our health? How could climate change impact the medical field? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
Did you know that only 11% of children ages 2-5 can tie their own shoes, but 22% can use a smart phone app? And that by age 2, more than 90% of American children have an online history? Did you know that 40% of iPhone users would give up their toothbrush for a week before giving up their phone?
What do you get when you bring together middle school students and mentors, send them on outdoor adventures and explorations of future careers and then challenge them to build something? You get an incredibly fun summer that includes learning while building important career readiness skills.
Later this month a unique opportunity presents itself for coding enthusiasts, students and practitioners. The third annual ModelOff Financial Modeling Competition starts Saturday, October 25th. Last year’s competition had over three thousand participants from around the globe. The event begins with two online rounds. Individuals who code successfully will be flown to New York City for the final round.
K-12 teachers across Virginia are invited to participate in the first statewide BioTeach event on October 9th. The Virginia BIO Foundation, a non-profit foundation created to connect bioscience companies with teachers and students to stimulate career interest in the biosciences (BioSTEM), is hosting this teacher’s only event at locations throughout Virginia.